I am so addicted to the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. I actually *scream* in the store like a teenage girl at a Robert Pattinson sighting when I get one of those register receipts that lets me go take a survey and be rewarded with a free tall beverage of my choice. My choice? There is no choice. Pumpkin Spice Latte.
This past week I became obsessed with duplicating *to the best of my ability* the Pumpkin Spice Latte at home, so I could have one all day every day! Wheee! After sweetly asking my barista if I could read the label ingredients on the special Pumpkin Spice Latte Sauce (it is really a sauce, not a syrup), I discovered a few things that sent me off in the right direction. Key to that creamy pie flavor is actually using real pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, and Torani Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Spice Syrup. Warning: We are NOT counting calories on this drink, people. Focus on the fact that it has pumpkin in it. A superfood. A superfood with lots of vitamins!
My finished product after hours of experimenting did take the form of a sauce, which I shall keep in a bottle in my refrigerator. This bottle of sauce should last me a LOT of lattes, and make me a super happy mommy from now until Christmas.
DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (The Secret Sauce)
1 can 15oz of pumpkin
1 can 14oz of sweetened condensed milk
6 teaspoons of Torani Pumpkin Pie syrup
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract or Vanilla
Dump all this in your blender and make sure it's all mixed up good. Put it in a bottle, and keep it in your fridge. This is your Secret Sauce for your Pumpkin Spice Latte.
The Pumpkin Spice Latte (One Serving)
1 tablespoon espresso grind coffee (I like to even use Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee which you can usually get at World Market! Espresso grind is like powder, and it makes for extra strong coffee in a regular coffee maker. If you have a grinder, put regular grind coffee in there and pulverize it until it is powder.)
10oz water (this will make your coffee stronger than a typical 12oz portion of water)
Brew your coffee using the above proportions. Pour it into a BIG coffee cup. Add 6 Tablespoons of Secret Sauce. Add 3 Tablespoons of milk. Stir together. Done! Now you're in Pumpkin Spice Latte Heaven. And it didn't cost you $4.50 a cup. You can, of course, put some whipped cream on top.
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